By Leah Delli Colli
Learning to read does not happen in one day. It involves a
long process of learning over many years. The best time for
children to start learning to read is when they are very young.
Studies have shown that children, who learn sign language at a
young age, become better readers and start reading
Hands On Literacy
by Trish Peterson offers families great tips
to making a more literacy-enriched home. Every parent wants their
children to be interested in books, however it is easy to make some
common mistakes without knowing that your overwhelming your young
child. Here is a list of some quick tips to making your home a more
accessible reading environment.
Make sure books are age appropriate: Be aware of the
books around your house. Read them through yourself. Just because
it looks like a children’s book, it’s not always the
case. Focus on pages with minimal words and lots of pictures.
Separate books from toys: Your child needs to learn
books are not toys. Keep them separate from toy areas or rooms.
Keeping them in their room is a good idea, making the bedroom a
place to be calm and available to curl up with a good book.
Make reading a part of your daily routine: Make
it a priority to read with your child at least once a day. When
starting, don’t choose long books. Keep it short and simple
to keep your child engaged. If they are losing interest, end the
Don’t overwhelm your child: Keep a basket in the
child’s room with 5 books. One should be their favorite, and
the others should be changed every couple of weeks. That way your
child doesn’t become overwhelmed by too many choices and can
be excited about the new arrivals!
Be a good role model: It is easy to become wrapped up
in a world of technology and screens, but it’s important for
us all to unplug and unwind. Your child is always watching. Be
conscious of reading and writing in front of your child. If they
see you enjoying a book, they’ll want to do the
Peterson’s engaging book also provides detailed
activities and games for specific age groups that promote literacy
while incorporating sign. These activities focus on children ranges
2 through 5 years. Along with the activities are milestones that
are usually met at each age group. The activities focus on meeting
these milestones and advancing to more challenging
Literacy enriches children’s lives in countless ways.
Reading helps all aspects of communication and opens a world of
imagination for your child. Armed with Peterson’s great
activities and helpful tips for shaping your home, your young child
will be reading and enjoying the world of literacy in no